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Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Muchova Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Barty faces mirror image Muchova
- Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Muchova preview and predictions for Wednesday’s Australian Open match.
- The quarterfinal clash is being played at Melbourne Park (12am GMT)
- Ashleigh Barty has won 2 of her last 3 matches in 20 games or fewer
- I am backing Barty to beat an injured Muchova in straight sets
- Match preview, predictions and live stream information.
Ashleigh Barty is yet to drop a set at the Australian Open (Getty Images)
Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Muchova Predictions
For the third straight year, Ashleigh Barty is in the Australian Open quarterfinals and the home favourite has an excellent chance to make back-to-back semifinals.
Barty, yet to lose a match in 2021, faces Karolina Muchova, who made a run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year. Muchova beat Karolina Pliskova and Elise Mertens to reach this stage but her run should end at Barty’s hands.
- Ashleigh Barty won 6 of her last 8 matches in straight sets
- Ashleigh Barty has conceded only two breaks of serve in her last two matches
- Karolina Muchova has won 5 of her last 6 matches in straight sets
- Karolina Muchova has given two walkovers already in 2021
Head to Head
Ashleigh Barty leads the head-to-head with Karolina Muchova 1-0.
They played at the US Open in 2018, when Barty won 6-3, 6-4. Muchova was ranked outside the top 200 at the time.
Ashleigh Barty Stats
Age: 24 (24 April 1996)
Height: 5’5” (166cm)
World Ranking: 1
Career High: 1 (June 2019)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 9
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 (French Open 2019)
2021 Titles: 1
Australian Open Best Result: SF (2020)
Ashleigh Barty Form
World no. 1 Barty is looking to make back-to-back semifinals at her home Grand Slam.
There was concern when she struggled a bit against Daria Gavrilova in the second round, and had her left thigh heavily strapped. But the top seed has reached the quarterfinals without dropping a set, or having a match go above 20 games.
Against Shelby Rogers in the fourth round, a player who had pushed her to three sets two weeks ago, Barty was very good. She produced arguably her best serving performance of the tournament, used her backhand slice to great effect to defuse Rogers’s power and was precise with her forehand.
Barty’s only flaw vs Rogers was a nervous game when serving for the match the first time. Muchova is a player whose game - with backhand slice, frequent net attacks and a thumping serve - closely resembles Barty’s own, but lacks her experience.
Karolina Muchova Stats
Nationality: Czech Republic
Age: 24 (21 August 1996)
Height: 5’11” (180cm)
World Ranking: 27
Career High: 21 (November 2019)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 1
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: R2 (2020)
Karolina Muchova Form
Muchova has yet to lose a match in 2021, although she has given two walkovers in the weeks leading up to the Australian Open. This was due to an abdominal injury, which was clearly causing her pain when she played Elise Mertens in the fourth round.
Muchova has not lost a set so far at the Australian Open. After beating Jelena Ostapenko and Mona Barthel, she came back from 0-5 down in the second set to beat Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-5. She trailed 0-4 vs Elise Mertens, then 2-5, but successfully came back to win 7-6(5), 7-5.
The Czech combines a big serve and attacking forehand with great volleys and a backhand slice. Like Barty, she has an all-court game. But she does not have Barty’s experience of playing at this level, and she is carrying an injury.
Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Muchova meet in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Wednesday 17 February.
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Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Muchova are meeting in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
Ashleigh Barty is playing brilliant tennis and has a better version of her opponent’s game - with physical concerns for Muchova, Barty should be able to record a straightforward victory.
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